Matthew Sperry in Memoriam Show

A Matthew Sperry Memoriam Festival takes place this week in the San Francisco area:

Please join us in a celebration of Matthew Sperry’s life and music with the Bay Area’s creative music community:

June 2, 4 & 5, 2009
Seventh Annual Matthew Sperry Memorial Festival

This year the festival kicks off with Seattle-based Lesli Dalaba performing in a trio with Fred Frith, Jason Hoopes and a duo with special guest Gail Brand (UK) in Oakland’s intimate Studio 1510. Gail closes the festival with a performance with local Sperry collaborators Gino Robair, Morgan Guberman, John Shiurba, Tim Perkis and Tom Djll on the stage of the Maybeck-inspired Hillside Club. The festival tradition of works for large ensemble continues as OrcheSperry ascends the tall stairs of the Luggage Store Gallery to perform new works in homage to Matthew’s musical life and work, and reprise Matthew’s rollicking improv karaoke of Treasure Mouth, which requires a band to follow along to lyrics as fast as they can be written out for them by others.

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ESP Disk New Releases

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New from ESP-Disk:

Boogie in the Breeze Blocks

Sun Ra
Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold

Naked Future

Flow Trio

Don Cherry
Cafe Montmartre, Vol.3

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The DownTown Ensemble to Perform

The DownTown Ensemble puts on a show in New York:

The SoundArt Foundation presents the DownTown Ensemble in
According to Brian
Thursday, June 25, 8pm $15/10

Renee Weiler Auditorium, Greenwich House, 46 Barrow St.

The DownTown Ensemble’s June 25th concert at the Greenwich House Music Schoo; will feature six composers in the great tradition of experimental music pioneered by Charles Ives and Carl Ruggles and more recently typified by John Cage, Earle Brown and Morton Feldman. Two of these composers, Brian Dewan and Yvette Perez will perform World Premieres. Also featured on the program will be specially arranged compositions by Phil Corner, Peter Zummo, and Pauline Oliveros; and pieces by William Hellermann and Mary Jane Leach.

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Interview with Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records


Some people believe in following the market trend will lead to success, but think if everybody does it. Music as a progressive thing needs much more than that to grow. It’s good to see what the market want, but on the other side, we can’t close our eyes to the alternatives and something new in creativity that often come with great skills and amazing music. What I’m saying is, we do really need some source which dare to go against the market trends, so music will keep on having something new to offer.

Thank God we have MoonJune Records. Moonjune came in 2001 as the brainchild of Leonardo Pavkovic, the enterpreneurial producer, tour manager and promoter. MoonJune got its name from “The Moon in June” the Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt’s famous 1970 epic. MoonJune’s focus is to release internationally-situated music by atists exploring the expanding boundaries of genuine, challenging, non-over-produced music that can’t be categorized easily into any specific format. With 28 titles available in the catalogue right now, being reviewed worldwide in over 40 countries, and of course will keep growing bigger, we know that MoonJune is fully commited on the right path and at the same time essential for the music world, especially jazz in particular.

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Umbrella Music Through June 11

Drummer Tom Rainey perforrming live in concert...
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 3 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Josh Berman‘s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Keefe Jackson – tenor sax
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : James Falzone spins The Good of Goodman

Thursday, 4 June 2009
10:00PM | Angelica Sanchez Quintet
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Marc Ducret – guitar
Drew Gress – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Sunday, 7 June 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibe
Keefe Jackson – tenor saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
Record release of “Old Idea” on Delmark
two sets

Wednesday, 10 June 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis/Zerang
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Michael Zerang – drums
11:00PM | Spacer
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Nate McBride – bass
Mike Reed – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Tomeka Reid spins String Inspired Tunes, Part II

Thursday, 11 June 2009
10:00PM | Hood
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Marc Riordan – piano

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